Cane Hill - Historic Washington Co - AR

Cane Hill - Historic Washington Co - AR
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

River RoadRiver Road by Carol Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Literary Fiction; Shattered Mourning and Murder

A librarian once spoke about "The Contract for Violence" that we sign when we engage in public discourse . Working, school, relationships; any activity where our participation involves reaping a portion of limited and finite resources. Some groups and individuals exert a presumed Manifest Destiny; an entitlement over the lives and well-being of others, leaving scraps for the less fortunate and broken, culminating in self-destructive behaviors, and more violence against their own tribes. This well written novel is a perfect snapshot of this phenomenon via an out-of-control vehicle of fiction. Bravo.

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The President Is MissingThe President Is Missing by Bill Clinton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson was an excellent listen.

As a librarian in the Arkansas History section of our library, I have a lot of insight as to the lives of public service of the Clinton family. Imperfect human beings, at least they are human; well-educated and brilliant.

Before serving as President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton beat the odds of childhood poverty, graduated from Yale with a degree in Law. Eventually teaching International Law in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Clinton Foundation was the first in the US to offer a Masters Degree in Public Service. The Clinton Library, on the bank of the Arkansas River, is an educational and affordable place to visit.

I mention all of the above because the tsunami of misinformation and character assassinations against the Clinton Family have clouded a clearer vision of how intelligent Bill Clinton is. It needs to be said because of rabid disclosure against past errors in his life keep the good of William Clinton from being seen.

A television interview supposedly to discuss the newly published The President Is Missing turned into a verbal barrage of insults and old accusations that had nothing to do with the book. Poor James Patterson looked like a deer in the headlights because there was nothing productive about the interview.

It is shameful that many people will not read or listen to this suspense-filled, intrigue novel; where some frightening truths about the runaway GOP Congress and the corruption empowered that would gladly destroy a widowed, single-father, ill President, and Nation to please a party of sick billionaires, is told via the vehicle of fiction.

(I listen to audiobooks as I drive because I am sickened by classic rock and hard rock stations which of late, have ordained themselves as moral ministers that dare prescribe family values, what to wear, how to look, and the way patriotic American acts.)

There were days I remained in my truck listening to this book because I could not stand not to hear the next thing. When I finished there was a vacuum, and all I could say was, WOW, wow, wow.

Read it or not, Listen or not, it is an excellent project and work.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock, #1)The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Allen & Unwin Publishers for the opportunity to read Sarah Bailey in her debut novel The Dark Lake: Gemma Woodstock, #1

If you love a fat book, well-written, with complex characters I recommend this for that 'hunker-down-cold weather-burrow and reading.'

Author Sarah Bailey centers the story in New Wales, Australia. Protagonist Gemma is an imperfect but strong woman and detective who loves her son, but balks at marriage with her long-time live in lover.

I had a phonebook of suspects through most of the novel and am still scratching my head at the artistic twists and changes that kept me off balance and the away from the trail of the killer.

Wow. I look forward to more from Sarah Bailey.

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Hush Money (Hush Money Mystery #1)Hush Money by T.E. Woods
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for the ARC Kindle e-book of Hush Money: Hush Money Mystery #1 by T.E. Woods

Sydney a fearless and determined entrepreneur opens two restaurants in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Her mother worked in the food industry all of her life and both of their lives were changed by the death of Sydney's father who was a police officer.

Although the opening night of both restaurants; one fine-dining (Hush Money) and the attached (Ten Ten) cop bar are a hit with the community, it turns murderous.

As the main suspect in the homicide of the Mayor of Madison, Sydney is tossed into a mixer of intrigue and mystery, finding clues and friendship in unlikely places.

Will Sydney lose everything including her freedom? Will her father's old buddies in blue turn out to be friends or foes?

The first in a series, the writing is good, subplots move the story along, building the narrative and setting the reader up for a wild and twisty ride.

I have recommended this for our library collection and in reader's advisory.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Promise Not to TellPromise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you, Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the ARC novel Promise Not to Tell: Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #2 by Jayne Ann Krentz.

Virginia Troy and Cabot Sutter survived leaving a dangerous cult when they were young children, but now they are thrown together and must reveal terrible secrets which have remained buried.

Is the infamous and homicidal cult leader alive? Who can be trusted? Will the nightmare ever be over?

Virginia and Troy suffer from the trauma which took their parents lives and almost burned them alive. Will they keep the dark secrets from their violent past?

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